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Social, economic trends in CT detailed in survey report

December 1, 2015
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How happy are you? Have you seen a dentist lately? Is it safe to walk in your neighborhood? Is local government responsive to your needs? Do you need more education or training to advance in your current job? These are some of the more than 100 questions that nearly 17,000 representative residents answered as part…

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Jack-o’-lanterns for STEPS

November 30, 2015
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Schools - DePaolo pumpkins

DePaolo Middle School’s ABC activity for October gave students the opportunity to paint, decorate, or carve their own pumpkin during a Southington STEPS activity. Students were able to vote for their favorite pumpkin at a family event, on Oct. 29.

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Unified Sports programs get a lift

November 26, 2015
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Schools - Unified Sports

The Mill Foundation for Kids recently donated $2,400 to the DePaolo and Kennedy Middle Schools Unified Sports program. The program, which is part of the Special Olympics, allows for special needs students and peer partners to participate in sporting events. The money will be used to fund attendance and transportation to area Unified Sports events…

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Blue Knight trio commit to next level: Stublarec, Farkas, Wadolowski sign college letters of intent

November 25, 2015
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By BRIAN JENNINGS STAFF WRITER On Wednesday, Nov. 18, three Southington student-athletes inked their names. Michelle Stublarec, Drew Farkas, and Natalie Wadolowski signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level in front of friends, families, coaches, and teammates in the Southington High School library. Stublarec chose to continue her volleyball career…

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Gov. issues Thanksgiving message

November 25, 2015
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On the eve of Thanksgiving, Governor Dannel P. Malloy shared the following message with Connecticut residents: Every year on Thanksgiving, Connecticut families of all ethnicities, religions, creeds, and backgrounds come together to express our gratitude and thanks for the blessings in our lives.  As we are surrounded by our families, friends, neighbors, and even strangers…

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Public hearing addresses conservation and development plan

November 25, 2015
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Town of Southington

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER A public meeting was held on Nov. 19 to discuss a draft Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) meant to guide the town over the next 20-years. The POCD Draft Plan is an “advisory” document used by the town to strategize and prioritize conservation and development efforts. The public hearing was held…

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SHS will induct 3 onto the Wall of Honor on Dec. 7

November 25, 2015
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Southington High School, 720 Pleasant St, Southington, CT 06489

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Three honorees will be added to Southington High School’s Wall of Honor in a ceremony on Monday, Dec. 7. This year, the school will recognize SHS graduates Mike Graziano, Dale Zarrella, and Sgt. Mjr. Phillip Albert. Board of Education member Bob Brown, Chairman of the Selection Committee, said he began the Wall…

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Southington midshipman promotes Naval Academy

November 25, 2015
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Midshipman Andrew Sikora helps a group of Southington High School students through the application process for the United States Naval Academy.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER Midshipman Andrew Sikora is spending his Thanksgiving break visiting his hometown and encouraging high school students across the state to consider the United States Naval Academy. A life-long Southington resident, Sikora is in his third-class year at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he describes himself as a full-time student, an…

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Local girl holds toy driver for CCMC on Nov. 28

November 24, 2015
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CT Childrens Medical Center

A Southington High School ninth-grader will dedicate another holiday season to helping those in need. Reilley Walden, 13, will be hosting her sixth annual toy drive for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center (CCMC). Walden began the tradition at age 7, after being diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Idiopathic Arthritis. For six-years she has been fulfilling her goal…

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YMCA raises over $70K at ‘Forever in Blue Jeans’ fundraiser

November 24, 2015
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Visitors to the annual “Forever in Blue Jeans” fundraiser peruse the hundreds of auction items scattered around the room at the Aqua Turf.

By TAYLOR HARTZSTAFF WRITER More than 600 pairs of blue jeans filled the Aqua Turf on Friday evening, as guests gathered for the 13th Annual Forever in Blue Jeans charity event. Hosted by the Southington Community YMCA, the event raised more than $70,000. All funds will be donated back to the community through the YMCA Annual…

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